Constructed from swathes of partial canvasses, Tess Williams aims to delicately linger between the disciplines of painting, sculpture and collage work.
“There is an underlying purity to be found in Tess Williams’ resolutely contemporary conception of new abstraction. Yet, the surfaces of her paintings reveal something more layered: gritty textures, exposed staples, the cutting and reconstructing of canvas and in some works delicate stitching.” - Rosa JH Berland, Curator, Writer & Historian, New York, USA via Aleph Contemporary.
MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK, 2015.
BA (Hons) Fine Art, DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK, 2008.
Foundation Diploma, Central Saint Martins, London, UK, 2005.
Selected Solo Exhibitions: Sirens, Aleph Contemporary, Artsy, online, 2020. Assemble, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough, UK, 2019. Terrain, Nir Altman Galerie, Munich, Germany, 2017. Groundwork, Galeria Kernel, Cáceres, Spain, 2017. DETAIL, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London, UK, 2017. Unfolding, White Conduit Projects, London, UK, 2016. Ideas on Painting, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK, 2015.
Recent Group Exhibitions: The Just, Aleph Contemporary, Artsy.com, online, 2020. Contact, Thorp Stavri, Fad.com, online, 2020. LM Gallery, Art Verona , Verona, Italy, 2019. Where You Are Not, Copeland Gallery, London, UK, 2019. dr. julius | ap, Paper Positions, Berlin, Germany, 2019. Divergent Motion, Delphian Gallery, London, UK, 2019. Creekside Open (Selected by Sacha Craddock), APT Gallery, London, UK, 2019. Rainy Day Canapé, LM Gallery, Latina, Italy, 2019. Guts Gallery, Ugly Duck, London, UK, 2019. Century, dr. julius | ap, Berlin, Germany, 2019. Re-Assemble, Collier Bristow Gallery, London, UK, 2019. Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize, The Ingram Collection, London, UK, 2018. Paper Cuts, Kristian Day @ Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2018. Summertime, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018. Galeria Kernel, JustLX, Lisbon, Portugal, 2018. Cloud Concrete, Unit 1 Gallery, London, UK, 2018. Galeria Kernel, JustMAD, Madrid, Spain, 2018. De Lachende Cavalier, Wijnstraat 119, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 2018.
Residencies & Talks: High House Residency, Norfolk, UK (Upcoming, 2020). Ryall Hill Residency, Worcestershire, UK, 2019. High House Residency, Norfolk, UK, 2019. Griffin Gallery Residency, London, UK, 2018. Artist Talk, 'Terrain', Nir Altman Galerie, Munich, 2017. Panel Talk, 'Materiality in Painting', Sluice Biennial, London, 2017. Bergmannkiez Studio Residency, Berlin, Germany, 2017.
Collections: Belvercar Patrimonio, Valencia, Spain. Christopherson Collection, Leicester, UK. The Corinthia, London, UK. DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK. Grovesnor House Park Lane, London, UK. Hogan Lovells International LLP, London, UK. Private collections in the UK, USA, Asia & Europe